A young footballer, Dylan Rich has died after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest
during an FA Youth Cup game.
Dylan Rich, 17, was taken to hospital after collapsing during the match between West
Bridgford Colts and Boston United in Nottinghamshire.
Rich was taken to hospital in an ambulance after he reportedly suffered a suspected
cardiac arrest and was treated with a defibrillator during his team’s match against
Boston United on Thursday evening
His “devastated and heartbroken” club announced on Sunday that Rich had died
following the incident.
A statement from West Bridgford Colts read: “It is with great sadness that, following
the events of Thursday evening, we have to announce the tragic passing of Dylan
“This news has left everyone involved with our club devastated and heartbroken.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents Mike and Anna, his sister Lucy and
Dylan’s family, friends, and teammates.
The club would like to thank everyone within the Colts and the wider football
a community for the hundreds of heartfelt messages and thoughts that we have
received over the past few days.
“The club will provide all the support it can to those players and club officials
impacted by this tragic event, but for now there are no further words possible, and we
ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy at this incredibly difficult time.”
Emergency services were called out to the Regatta Way Sports Ground after the
player became “seriously unwell”, the club confirmed.
The match was abandoned as a result of the incident. The FA said it is “deeply
saddened” by the “tragic news”.
A statement read, “We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and
everybody at the club at this very difficult time. “We would like to recognize the
courageous response of all those who reacted quickly to the situation at the FA Youth
Cup fixture on Thursday evening and we thank the emergency services for their
efforts.“We ask that the privacy of both his family and the club is respected at this
time.” Nottingham Forest, Notts County, and Boston United all shared their
condolences on social media.